What You'll Get
While most are amazed by the sublime, majestic nature of whales, a small, paranoid minority wonders what would happen to mankind if whales had legs. Worship or worry as you see fit with today's Groupon. For $25, you get one ticket to see tons of marine mammals with Cape Ann Whale Watch (a $45 value). Your Groupon is good for most of the 2010 watching season.
Cape Ann Whale Watch shoves off from Gloucester, where it has served more than 600,000 customers during its more than 30 years of service. Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, a camera, sweater or jacket, and gym shoes (it gets brisk on the high seas) for your journey aboard the largest and fastest whale-watching vessel north of Boston, the Hurricane II. Tour-goers often see humpback, minke, and finback whales, as well as dolphins. Your tour narrator, a salt-crusted member of the Ocean Alliance, will point out each whale, try to strike up a conversation with it, and totally get shot down.
A whale watch makes a great family outing—your kids may even prefer whales to playing Endless Ocean on their Wii. Buy up to 15 Groupons for an entire Boy or Girl Scout Troop to have the ultimate nature trip. A whale watch also makes a great date as the whales' tranquil moans are a far smoother soundtrack than any of the four volumes of Barry White Sings Whale Songs.
While Cape Ann Whale Watch offers no promise of a Geppetto experience, you are guaranteed to catch a glimpse of these majestic beasts’ sleek posteriors, or your next trip is free and your captain will be fed to the whales.
There is a limit of 50 Groupon customers for 1:30 p.m. sailing on Saturdays and Sundays in July and August. Seats are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so call ahead and reserve your seat.
TripAdvisors give Cape Ann Whale Watch 4.5 owl eyes:
- We saw 15 humpback whales, with lots of breaching, tail slapping, and close-to-the-boat views. It was absolutely breath-taking. The boat (Hurricane II) was roomy, comfortable, and clean. The sailing was smooth (despite choppy seas). – remartn
- ...we sure got our money's worth! We saw several whales…The crew, by the way, gave great narration of the whales and indicated where they were seeing them around the boat from their lookout. There were four interns on board who walked around with different artifacts and whale information. My nine year old daughters had a great time. – missmybid
- Cape Ann Whale Watch is by far the best! After going whale watching in New England for more than a decade, we have found them to be consistently the happiest, hardest-working, and most experienced group of people that we have known. We have tried others, but now go out exclusively with Cape Ann. They are topnotch! – HumpbackWhalewatcher
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Oct 1, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 15 per person. Schedule subject to change due to weather. Seats are first-come, first-served. Subject to availability. If you don't see a whale your next trip is free. Limited availability for 1:30 p.m. sailing on Sat. and Sun. in July and August. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Cape Ann Whale Watch
Since 1979, the whale-watching pioneers of Cape Ann Whale Watch have escorted more than half a million spectators fascinated by the sea's magnificent leviathans on three- to four-hour treks 15 miles off the Gloucester coast, earning it a spot on the Top 5 American Whale-Watching Tours by Joshua Horwitz, author of War of the Whales. Aboard the lightning-fast 115-foot Hurricane II, passengers can witness the natural grace of humpback whales, finback whales, dolphins, and pirates disguised as mermaids feeding and frolicking just feet from the boat. In the course of the approximately 30-mile circuit, a naturalist from Whale Cetacean Alliance narrates excursions, illumining the sight of each water dweller by discussing why whales breach, how to recognize individual humpbacks, and various feeding styles.